Lydia's mother dies,giving birth to a stillborn baby, and her father has to take her out of school to look after her brothers and sisters. Bessy's boyfriend Reg puts the screws on Huggins for more money,which he gets Snaith to loan him. He learns that the new estate is to be built on marshland and anyone who owns part of it will do well financially when the council come to buy it. Carne faces repossession of his farm as the bank threatens to foreclose on his mortgage. He travels to Manchester to seek a more suitable home for Muriel and bumps into Sarah,on her way to spend Christmas with her sister. They plan to spend the night together but he has one of his fits.
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Sarah travels to Manchester from Kiplington (which approximates to real-world Withernsea) on the way to spend Christmas at her sister's in Bradford. This would make no sense as a route, if Bradford in West Yorkshire is meant. The book, however, explains it: her sister lives in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. By truncating the place-name of her destination, the script has made her intended journey appear very strange. See more